Ultralight Backpacker

If you want to reduce weight, compartmentalize your gear in every way, and simply go farther, the Ultralight Backpacker is for you.

Ultralight is no passing fad, it’s a way of life. A slimmed down life that allows you to move quickly, suffer less pain, and truly connect to the natural world without the distraction of all those “things.” You are one with the wilderness, and have a consistent obsession with gear, and the reduction of that gear.

You saw off the end of your spare toothbrush. You dream about objects that nest together. You can calculate ounces to pounds to grams faster than a calculator, and you have at least one spreadsheet that references the function, purpose, and weight (obviously) of your gear. Or, maybe you don’t have all this stuff in your head; you simply know that less weight on the trail means you can reach the tallest peak, the deepest lake, and get into the true heart of the wild.

Our Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for the Ultralight Backpacker take into account that while you may or may not be a gearhead, you know how to cut the obese chaff from the titanium wheat. So do we. While this inherently caters to long distance thru-hikers, the ultralight movement is not exclusionary. Beginners can be ultralight; old-schoolers can convert. There is no club and the only hazing is when, inevitably, someone asks about your tiny pack on the trail.

Contrary to common belief, ultralight doesn’t have to cost your firstborn. It can be enjoyed by anyone with basic wilderness skills. Our approach is a bit like a missionary: Convert those who are curious to the ultralight ways, thereby lightening the collective load.

Explore Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for Ultralight Backpacker below!

Ultralight Backpacker Outdoor Guides

Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect ultralight backpacking gift? Don’t sweat it. See our curated selection of the best ultralight backpacking products on the market.

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How to Choose the Best Backpacking Stove For You

The best backpacking stove is situational. Figure out what stove is best for your wilderness experience, and learn a few things too!

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Sleeping Pad Guide

This sleeping pad guide helps you choose the best pad for you. Learn about different types of sleeping pads, R-Value and insulation, and how to patch a pad.

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Sleeping Bags and Backpacking Quilt Guide

The guide goes deep on camping sleeping bags, backpacking sleeping bags, and backpacking quilts. Learn about temperature rating, insulation, features, and more.

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Backpackers Guide to Synthetic Insulated Jackets

Ultimate guide to synthetic insulated jackets, the other puffy. Cheaper, more breathable, and better when wet than down, these jackets are pretty awesome.

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Water Filter and Water Purifier Guide

Want to ease a worried mind? Get a water filter or water purifier. Learn why backpacking water treatment systems are critical, and what system works for you.

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Rain Jacket Guide for Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping

Everything you ever wanted to know about rain jackets – laminates, membranes, layers, DWR, waterproofess, and fancy features – explained. With a bit of humor, too.

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Backpackers Guide to Headlamps

A fully featured Guide to Headlamps. What are lumens, how long does a headlamp battery last, and is a waterproof headlamp possible all answered here.

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Backpackers Guide to Fleece Jackets

This Guide to Fleece Jackets answers mysterious questions: What is fleece fabric? Is fleece warm? Is fleece breathable? And what’s recycled fleece? Read now.

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Backpackers Guide to Online Outdoor Gear Stores

Don’t know where to get your gear? Our epic guide to online outdoor gear stores covers every important retailer on the web.

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Backpack Guide for Backpacking Backpacks and Hiking Backpacks

This backpack guide is massive, and includes backpacking backpacks and hiking backpacks. Learn about fit, torso measurement, hip belt position, and clutch features.

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Backpackers Guide to Down Jackets

This Guide asks the hard questions: What are down feathers, really? What’s hydrophobic down? Are lightweight down jackets packable down jackets?

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